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Quality Scheme plans set for goahead this week

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PLANS to replace the Quality Mark, the Government's ill-fated registration scheme to tackle cowboy builders, were awaiting final approval from construction minister Nigel Griffiths this week.

The minister must give the scheme the go-ahead this week because the Prime Minister is thought likely to dissolve Parliament on Monday to hold a general election on May 5. It is understood that the initiative - provisionally entitled Quality Scheme - now has between 12,000 and 15,000 members from trade associations.

Mr Griffiths met with the scheme's working group last week to gauge industry commitment.

One source said: 'It is important for momentum that we get the go-ahead now.'